Volunteering offers a way for you to make a difference and achieve your goals. It’s not just for students who want to pursue a career in the third sector.
We organise events, offer skills training, funding, and awards and recognition. We can also support you in setting up your own community projects.
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering can give you skills and experience that will make you stand out in the job market.
Being a volunteer can also enrich your personal and social life. You may have the opportunity to gain new perspectives, solve problems faced by the community, and take a break from academia.
Student experience - Keisha
"Volunteering has not only given me a more fulfilling university experience, but has also helped me prepare for my future career."
Keisha Gani, MSc Health Policy student
The Volunteering Hub is exclusively for current students at the University of Edinburgh. You can use the hub to:
- Search for UK based volunteering vacancies
- Create your profile – to capture your volunteering experience and achievements
- Log your volunteering hours – receive a certificate at the end of the year
- Add your skills and download a record of your experience and achievements
Types of volunteering
There are hundreds of volunteering roles to suit your interests and schedule. Opportunities range from one-off, short term, long term, and home-based.
You can volunteer for a cause with other students by joining a Volunteering Society. Or you can volunteer in a one-off project helping Edinburgh's communities.
You can also search for volunteering opportunities through Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Edinburgh.
Student experience - Calum
"I have volunteered as a youth basketball coach with a local club throughout my time at university.
"Coaching has developed my leadership, planning and decision making skills whilst allowing me to make a difference in my local community.
"Volunteering has offered me great opportunities to develop and make a difference."
Calum Sked, History and Politics undergraduate
Library, museum and gallery volunteers
Interested in conservation, rare books, exhibitions, or museums? Information Services are looking for volunteers and interns to help with tasks across the University.
Awards and recognition